September 25, 2021

David-gigliotti

Entertainment

Summer entertainment returns to venues in CNY

Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted across New York State, and the long days of July and August mean summer entertainment can flourish as usual in Central New York. Organizations will maintain a variety of safety protocols that might include limited seating, masking for unvaccinated patrons and online ticket purchases. Check the website of each event for details.

Local arts and music events in alphabetical order are as follow:

CAZENOVIA COUNTERPOINT

July brings a full schedule of music, poetry and visual art to the village of Cazenovia. The annual festival begins with the exhibit of a month-long curated show of the work of 24 Central New York artists and concludes with a performance of new music from Young Composers Corner participants at Lakeland Park.

Components of the annual celebration of the arts are woven into village activities, such as the weekly Cazenovia Farmers Market (new music from 10 to noon), the Fourth of July Parade, and local businesses. Patrick Lawler, along with Eric Evans and David Hitchcock of the YMCA Downtown Writers Center, will coordinate a poetry/writers event July 13 and.

Ticketed events include “Libba Cotton,” a new opera that will be performed July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Catherine Cummings Theater, and “New Music Strikes Gold,” July 25 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church.

Brochures with schedules will be available throughout the village. For information, go to the website at snm@societyfornewmusic.org.

CORTLAND REPERTORY THEATRE

Tribute concerts, shows for children, musical plays and Shakespeare fill a six-program season at Cortland Repertory Theatre’s Pavilion Theater at Little York Lake. Actors will perform on an outdoor stage 12 feet from the first row of the audience so the actors do not need to be masked. No tickets will be sold at the door; no single tickets will be sold. Purchases must be made in advance in lots of two, three or four. Program information and bios will be online, and the refreshment tent will be open only before curtain time.

What: Nine outdoor performances in repertory

When:

“Pirate Schmirate!” July 8 – 11 at noon

“Close To You” July 8, 9 at 7:30 p.m. and July 10 at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

“The Honky Tonk Angles” July 15 – 23 (July 18 and 21 at 2 p.m.; others at 7:30 p.m.)

“The Wizard of Oz” July 16 and 17 at 10 a.m. and 2 pm. (drive through event)

The Adam Lee Decker Trio July 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

“The Complete Works of July 28 – 31 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. show July 30

William Shakespeare”

“Goin’ to the chapel” Aug. 5 – 13 (Aug. 6 and 8 at 2 p.m.; others at 7:30 p.m.)

“How Sweet it Is” Aug. 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 15 at 2 p.m.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Aug. 19 – 21 at 7:30p.m. with a 2 p.m. show Aug.20

Tickets: Prices vary according to show, seating, and special discounts. Call 607-756-2627 or check the CRT website for details.

Where: Dwyer Memorial Park, 6799 Little York Lake Rd., Prebble.

GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL

In a nod to the pandemic season, “Glimmerglass on the Grass” has a new outdoor stage and offers audience seating in “Festival Squares.” Each socially distanced space accommodates four people. Purchaser must pay for the entire square and provide low-back chair or blanket for lawn seating. Masks are required except when in that designated space, where patrons can also eat food from home or local takeout. No food will be sold on site; bathrooms will be open.

What: Six 90-minute opera and musical productions in repertoire

When: “The Magic Flute” July 15 – Aug. 17

“To The world” July 16 – Aug. 8

“Songbird” July 30 – Aug. 13

“Il Trovatore” Aug. 1 – 14

“Gods and Mortals” Aug. 13 – 16

“The Passion of Mary Aug. 5 – 13

Cardwell Dawson”

Where: 7300 St. Highway 80, Cooperstown, New York

Tickets: Website or Box Office, 607-547-2255

Price: Festival Squares accommodate up to four people and sell for $80 to $350 each performance depending on which zone is chosen; must buy entire square.

Note: Details related to weather and refund/exchange policy are on the website. Covid protocols are explained on the website “FAQ” page.

OSWEGO PLAYERS THEATER

Founded in 1938, Oswego Players Theater continues its tradition of summer productions with a show that was ready to launch when the pandemic protocols closed all venues in 2020. With most of the cast returning, the troupe will stage the show in August.

A special invitational performance on Aug. 4 will raise funds for the Patrick Carman Joyful Heart Theater Scholarship.

Oswego Players’ Theater Arts Youth Academy will soon announce a summer schedule of activities for young people.

What: “Dearly Departed,” a comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

When: Aug. 6, 7; 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m., and Aug. 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

Where: Francis Marion Brown Theater at Fort Ontario, Oswego

Tickets: $15 adults; $10 students and seniors

Note: Free parking around the red brick building

SYRACUSE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

Having wrapped up “Troilus and Cressida” with a sold-out show June 13, SSITP continues in the amphitheater of Thorndon Park with six August performances of “The Comedy Of Errors,” the bard’s tale of two sets of identical twins separated at birth. The reunion of the two aristocrats and their servants in the Greek city of Ephesus and the whimsical misadventures that ensue make this early play ideal for outdoor summer entertainment.

What: “The Comedy of Errors”

Where: Amphitheater of Thornden Park, Thornden Park Dr., Syracuse

When: Aug. 6 – 15, Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.

Tickets: Lawn seating is free, but must be reserved in advance at the SSITP website

Premium: For $30, patrons have reserved front seating and food vouchers.

Food: Beer Belly Deli and Gannon’s Isle will sell food on site; people may bring food

SKANEATELES FESTIVAL

An array of events will run from Aug. 3 through Aug. 28 at the Robinson Pavilion at Anyela’s Vineyards, the Mandana Barn, and locations to be announced.

Skanfest U, an instructional opportunity focusing on “Voices Unheard: Composers at the Margins” will be coordinated by Aaron Wunsch, faculty member at The Juilliard School and co-artistic director with his wife, Julia Bruskin, of the Skaneateles Festival. Those will run virtually Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24, providing context for music to be performed during the festival.

Details of performances are online at skanfest.org and will be updated as the season evolves.

What: Skaneateles Festival’s 42nd season of music by the lake

When:

Dover Quartet Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.

Bill Charlap Trio Aug. 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.

“The Voice Within” Aug. 26 8 p.m.

Time For Three Aug. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. (also a Kids matinee)

Tickets: Season passes cover four concerts and range from $125 to $175; Skanfest U is included. Saturday Series tickets cost $70 to $100. Single ticket prices are $30 to $60; two young people 18 and under may attend free with adult purchases in section B. Call 315-685-7418 for information about VIP seating and ticket upgrades.

SYMPHORIA

Outdoor concerts are part of the Symphoria tradition, and more events will be announced as communities and sponsors respond to the lifting of restrictions in New York State.

What: Central New York’s professional orchestra and ensembles

When and Where:

Wind Quintet July 9, 7 p.m. Lorenzo State Historic Site (chairs provided)

Chamber Music July 22, 8 p.m. Carol Watson Greenhouse

Orchestra July 23, 7 p.m. Fort Ontario

Orchestra July 24, 7:30 p.m. Beard Park, Fayetteville

Honor America Pops July 31, 8 p.m. Ft. Stanwix, Rome (Fireworks)

Tickets: Free; some concerts require registration before the event.

Details: experiencesymphoria.org for Covid protocols and ticket information

Seating: Outdoor; take blankets or low-back chairs for seating

THANASIS THEATRE COMPANY

New to the summer theater scene, this company will present its first production in July at the New York State Fairgrounds. Founder J. R. Westfall will direct; Ben Borenstein will be the music director. Written by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, the show will reveal six intersecting stories of characters who are each running away from something.

New to the summer theater scene, this company will present its first production, “Fugitive Songs,” in July at the New York State Fairgrounds. Founder J. R. Westfall will direct; Ben Borenstein will be the music director. Written by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen, the show will reveal six intersecting stories of characters who are each running away from something.

What: “Fugitive Songs.”

Where: Empire Theater at the New York State Fairgrounds.

When:  July 23 -Aug. 1 (Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m.).

Tickets: $28 for table seating; $18, general admission; discounts for senior citizens and students.

Details: Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 315-395-9973 for information.

THE REV THEATRE CO.

(Formerly Merry-Go-Round)

A new name for Auburn’s historic Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, The Rev Theatre Co. continues to produce full-scale professional musical shows in the Preston H. Thomas Theater in Emerson Park. Three productions are programmed for 2021. According to the organization’s website, HVAC has been modified to produce continuing air flow and a purification system ensures optimum air quality for staff, actors and audience. See guidelines on the organization’s website for specific attendance requirements.

What: “Broadway in the Finger Lakes”

When: Check the website for times on the following dates:

“42nd Street” June 30 – July 28

“Footloose” Aug. 4 – Sept. 1

“Almost Heaven” Sept. 8 – 29

Where: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 6877 E. Lake Rd., Auburn

Tickets: Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets prior to arrival. Single tickets cost $53 to $65; group rates available. For details, call 315-255-1785